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Butler Ballet Summer Intensive

2020 Butler Summer Dance Intensive

Join Butler dance faculty, under the artistic direction of Marek Cholewa, for our pre-professional summer dance intensive on the beautiful campus of Butler University. The 4-week intensive will have a classical ballet focus with additional classes in pas de deux, character, modern, jazz, and repertoire. It will conclude with a final performance in the Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts on the last day of the Intensive. Please note: students must turn age 13 by the first day of the Intensive in order to be eligible to participate.

COVID-19 Update

At this time, the University is reviewing our operations plan to transition to a commuter-only Intensive with a limited class size. We hope to have a final decision by June 1. We will then allow current accepted students to reserve their spot first. If we still have space available, we may open to additional applicants. If we are able to re-open for applications, and you would like to be notified, please email with your interest.

Important Dates

  • March 1: Application deadline - Please note that we are now past the March 1st application deadline. We still welcome you to apply. Applications will be considered until capacity is reached.
  • April 1: Tuition must be paid in full
  • July 5–31: Summer Intensive dates

Who Is Eligible?

Pre-professional level students between the ages of 13 and 18 are eligible to participate. Students must be 13 years old by July 5. 

Application Process

All students are encouraged to apply early as space is limited. The deadline to apply and submit the $50 application fee is March 1.

  • A completed application is required which includes a full-length photo of the student en pointe in first arabesque (females) or in first arabesque (males) and a headshot.
  • Applications and photos will be reviewed for acceptance by our dance faculty. Admission decisions will be communicated within 3 weeks of submitting your application.
  • Occasionally, video auditions may be requested in addition to a completed application form. This request will arrive via email after submitting the application form. Video auditions should consist of one classical variation (ladies en pointe). 

Please note that we are now past the March 1st application deadline. We still welcome you to apply. Applications will be considered until capacity is reached.



Residential: $4,400 (includes room and board, 3 meals a day)

Commuter: $3,400 (includes daily lunch)

*A $50 non-refundable application fee is required at the time of applying

**Tuition due in full by April 1

Payments can be made online by selecting "Make a Payment" on the BCAS homepage

Need-based scholarships are available for ages 18 and under. You may apply for scholarship on the registration form or complete the separate Scholarship Application Form

Refund/Withdrawal Policy

In the event that a student accepted into the Intensive is no longer able to attend the Intensive, notification of withdrawal from the program should be submitted in writing to For students withdrawing prior to April 1, all tuition fees will be refunded (excluding the $50 application fee). There will be no refunds issued after April 1.

EXCEPTION: In the case of injury that prevents participation in the Intensive, a half-tuition credit will be provided for participation in the Intensive the following year (half-tuition as residential or commuter is determined based on which option was selected with the application). A doctor's note must be provided. All credit requests must be submitted via email to


Housing is provided in Butler University's Irvington House dorm, which is air-conditioned. The Intensive will have its own floor/wing. Using a ratio of 1:10, there will be Butler Ballet majors serving as residential counselors. There will also be a "dorm parent" in residence 24/7, as well as the year-round dorm staff. The Butler Community Arts School (BCAS) director will also reside in the dorm to oversee all BCAS camps as necessary.

All dorm rules will be provided to students prior to the Intensive, but the two most important rules are:

  • No one leaves the building after 9:00 PM
  • All students must be in their assigned suite (2 bedrooms with bath) by 11:00 PM (or earlier) and may not leave until breakfast.

Detailed housing information, what to bring and where to report, etc. will be included with the Intensive information packet provided to all participants in early summer.

Class Size & Placement

Class size is expected to range from 12–18 students per class in order to provide proper personal attention to each individual student as well as providing extensive room for technical and artistic growth.

Students will participate in a placement class on the first day of the Intensive. Faculty will assess and place students into appropriates levels for ballet technique, pointe, pas de deux, modern, jazz, and repertoire.


  • Ballet technique, Pointe, and Pas de Deux will follow the Russian Ballet Academy system (Vaganova system) and students will be learning classical repertoire based on the Mariinsky Theatre tradition.
  • Modern will be based on Martha Graham and Paul Taylor techniques.
  • Jazz will be based on Simonson Jazz Technique, a contemporary/modern based jazz class that focuses on alignment and articulation within a challenging and diverse movement vocabulary.

If you have any further questions regarding the Intensive curriculum, please contact artistic director, Marek Cholewa.

Dress Code

  • Ballet class: Leotard and skirt (dark solid colors) with pink tights. For ballet class you are welcome to use unitards.
  • Pas de deux class: Only unitards (dark solid colors only) and make sure the opening on the back is at the shoulder blades level. Full length leg.
  • Character class: Character skirt (length to the knee level) and character shoes.
  • Pointe, Pas de Deux, Repertoire classes will require pointe shoes, please bring a minimum of 3 pairs.
  • Modern class: Dress code similar to ballet technique classes with footless tights.
  • Jazz class: Leotard (any color), tights or fitted jazz pants, bare feet. No baggy t-shirts, or loose fitting clothing.
  • Performance of classical repertoire: black camisole leotard with the opening on the back at the shoulder blades level.
  • Performance of the jazz piece: colored leotard and black footless tights.
  • For all technique classes and rehearsals, hair must be secured out of the face.

Summer Intensive Schedule

Please note that this schedule is based on the 2019 Summer Intensive.  Dates and schedule are subject to change.

Sunday, July 5
  • 12:00 PM: Dorm check-in; Lunch on own
  • 2:00 PM: All report to Lilly Hall; Commuters check-in at Lilly Hall
  • 2:30 PM–5:30 PM: Placement classes and campus tour
  • 5:30 PM: Dinner 
Monday–Saturday, 9:00 AM–5:30 PM
  • All participants follow daily schedule of classes. Commuters arrive by 8:45 AM. Classes begin promptly at 9:00 AM.
Friday, July 31
  • 11:00 AM: Performance (approximately 90 minute run-time) at Schrott Center for the Arts
  • 12:30 PM: Dorm check-out/departure

Typical Daily Schedule

*Subject to change, based on the 2019 schedule

Monday through Saturday (Based on 2019 schedule)
  • 8:45 AM: Commuters arrive
  • 9:00–10:20 AM: Ballet
  • 10:30–11:40 AM: Pointe
  • 11:40 AM–12:30 PM: Lunch
  • 12:45–1:45 PM: Pas de Deux
  • 2:00–3:00 PM: Ballet Repertoire
  • 3:15–4:15 PM: Jazz
  • 4:30–5:30 PM: Modern
  • 5:30 PM: Commuter students dismissed
  • 5:45–6:45 PM: Dinner (residential only)
  • 7:30–9:00 PM: additional coaching of the repertoire (if needed)
Sundays (residential participants only)
  • Supervised activities in the Indianapolis area

Final Performance

There will be a free, public performance on the last day of the Intensive in the Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts, start time TBA. Performance duration will be approximately one hour. No tickets required.

Participating Faculty

Please contact or 317-940-5500 with any questions regarding registration, housing, etc. For questions regarding Intensive curriculum, please contact artistic director, Marek Cholewa at OR 317-940-9664.


*Please note that all information detailed here is subject to change. Any changes will be communicated to accepted students as soon as possible.


Take a look inside this year's Summer Intensive!